The Other City: DC’s Struggle
by Alana Beard / @Alanabeard20
What’s up y’all! So this blog is going to be a little different.
Normally I am writing about basketball, but that’s not the case today. After all, the title of my blog is called “The Mind of An Athlete.” So…this is my mind.
Sometimes I get writer’s block because I am not the type of person to just sit and write. When I write, I usually try to do so with a purpose. If you knew me, you would know I am a person of PURPOSE.
Now you know. : )
Yesterday, I had the chance to view one of the most powerful, intense and heart-gripping documentaries ever! “The Other City,” produced by Washington Mystics President Sheila Johnson is a profound piece of work that takes an in-depth look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington, DC.
I knew, and was aware of, the epidemic but when the numbers and facts were flashed in front of my face; it took my emotions and urgency of wanting to increase awareness to another level. The city of DC alone, statistics wise, rivals some African countries!
A lot of people don’t know about this. Others just don’t care. When I speak of people not knowing and not caring, I am talking about those who have been infected and those who haven’t. I have always valued the fact that everyone has a choice in life. I know there are many resources surrounding the HIV/AIDS issue but it is obviously not enough. As small as it may be, I feel great knowing that I am doing my part.
I am making a choice to use this blog as an outlet to educate and increase awareness of HIV/AIDS. This is just one step of many I want to take. What will your choice be? Become aware, understand, and act…actions speaks louder than words!
When you say I can’t…I will! Whoop whoop.
P.S. My teammate and friend Monique Currie (@Mocurrie25) tweeted it best: “I know my status. Do you? Seriously?”